At the Reliance AGM 2021, company chairman Mukesh Ambani revealed Jio’s partnership with Google to develop an ‘ultra-affordable 4G smartphone’ has resulted in creating a new device named the JioPhone Next. The smartphone has been co-developed by Jio and Google and will feature an optimized version of Android OS. Google and Jio also announced a new 5G collaboration powered by Google Cloud.
Ambani said the smartphone would be “amongst the most affordable smartphones not just in India, but even globally.”
He also revealed that it would go on sale starting 10 September 2021.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai also briefly addressed the Reliance AGM 2021, where he revealed the JioPhone Next would have “language and translation features, a great camera and support for the latest Android updates.”
“It is built for India, and it will open up new possibilities for millions of new users who will experience the internet for the very first time. And we can’t wait to show you the device later this year”, he added.
The Jio and Google partnership is part of the Google for India Digitisation Fund announced last year. Pichai had announced the company would invest Rs 75,000 crore ($10 billion) in India over the course of the next five to seven years. As part of the Google Could and Jio collaboration, Reliance announced it would shift its core retail businesses to Google Cloud’s infrastructure.